Steinbach Pistons’ Smith named RBC Player of Month

Cole Smith of the Steinbach Pistons has been named the RBC Player of the Month for April.

Smith, 20, recorded 10 points (4-6) in eight games for the Pistons who lost to Portage Terriers in the Turnbull Cup final. A native of Brainerd, ND., the 6-foot-3, 190-pound forward has committed to University of North Dakota.

The runners up are 20 year old forward Brad Bowles of the Portage Terriers and 19 year old defenseman Brett Orr of the Portage Terriers.

Sher-Wood Hockey Defenseman of the Month

For the second consecutive month a member of the Terriers has won this award: Brett Orr. The 18-year-old blueliner was outstanding in helping the Terriers capture their second consecutive Turnbull Cup.

Orr, who hails from Elkhorn, recorded five points (0-5) in five championship games.

The previous Terrier to win was Dean Stewart, who was a runner-up in April. The other runner-up was Ryan Carlson of the Steinbach Pistons.

MGEU Goaltender of the Month

Nathan Park of the Portage Terriers was outstanding during the Terriers’ playoff run. The Edmonton native posted a 5-1 record, highlited by back-to-back shutouts. His save percentage was .940, with a 1.50 GAA.

It was recently announced that Park is one of five nominees for the CJHL Top Goaltender Award. The winner will be announced at next month’s RBC Cup in Lloydminister.

The runners up are 19 year old Roman Bengert of the Steinbach Pistons and 20 year old Nathan Warren of the Winkler Flyers.

IBAM Rookie of the Month

For the third consecutive month, a member of the Portage Terriers has won this award. This month its Jeremey Leipsic, who tallied eight points (4-4) in five games. Leipsic’s teammate,  Nick Henry,  had won this award in February and March.

Leipsic, who hails from Winnipeg, is currently playing in the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Estevan.

The runners up are 18 year old forward Chase Brakel of the Portage Terriers and 18 year old forward Mackenzie Graham of the Steinbach Pistons.